born in 1947 in Jasper, AL, United States
Sandy Posey (born June 18, 1944) is an American popular singer, who enjoyed success in the 1960s with singles such as her 1966 recording of Martha Sharpe's composition, "Single Girl." She is often described as a country singer, although, like Skeeter Davis (to whom she has been frequently compared) her output has varied. Later in her career, the term "countrypolitan," associated with the "Nashville sound", was sometimes applied. Posey had four hit singles in the United States, three of which peaked at number 12 in the sales charts.
Sandy Posey was born Sandra Lou Posey in Jasper, Alabama. She graduated from high school in West Memphis, Ar. in 1962. Posey obtained work as a session singer, after she was recommended by an aunt to an acquaintance who worked in television. In addition to working as a receptionist at a studio in Memphis, she took part in recordings across the Deep South and appeared, for example, on recording sessions produced by Lincoln Chips Moman for Elvis Presley and on Percy Sledges "When a Man Loves a Woman" (a number one hit in the US in 1966). Other singers whom she backed included Joe Tex, Bobby Goldsboro and Tommy Roe.
Posey's first single record, under the name Sandy Carmel was "Kiss Me Goodnight" (1965), written by William Cates, which was coupled with "First Boy". This was released by Bell Records, but received minimal publicity and made little impact. Assisted by Gary Walker, a music publisher who became her manager, Posey then made a demonstration recording of "Born a Woman", written by Martha Sharpe. According to Posey, Chips Moman "went wild" when he heard this and helped her to obtain a contract with MGM in Nashville.
Born a Woman
Posey had her first hit with "Born a Woman", which Moman produced in Nashville on March 15, 1966. This reached number 12 on the U.S. Billboard sales charts in August 1966. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. "Born a Woman" is a musically adept song featuring prominent piano, understated strings and horns, and distinctive multi-tracked vocals. Posey received two Grammy Award nominations for "Born a Woman" in the categories of vocal performance (female) and contemporary (R&R) solo vocal. "Born A Woman" was later covered by Nick Lowe (Bowi EP) and Hubble Bubble. The radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh uses the song in his "Feminist Update".
Posey's next single release was "Single Girl", also written by Martha Sharpe. Recorded in Nashville on August 19, 1966, this also reached number 12 in America in January 1967 and number 15 in Great Britain, where it benefited from airplay on pirate radio (peaking, for example, at number 7 in Radio London's non-sales-based Fab 40 on New Year's Day, 1967). It followed "Born a Woman" by selling in excess of one million copies. "Single Girl" was re-released in Britain in 1975 and reached the top 50 for a second time.
Be My Baby
In the USA on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1966, Be My Baby hit #31; while in the UK on UK Singles #48.
Poseys final pop top 20 hit was "I Take It Back", another US number 12 in July 1967, although she made other recordings for MGM Records until 1968, including "What A Woman In Love Won't Do" that peaked at number 31 in the US in late 1967. These were mostly produced by Moman, but a few, including a version of the Shirelles' hit "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (1968), were produced by Joe South.
Posey turned to the country music field in 1971, signing with Columbia Records and produced by Billy Sherrill. Sherrill had just successfully turned another 1960s pop star, Jody Miller into a leading country female vocalist and it appeared Posey might be another one when the first single, "Bring Him Safely Home to Me" hit the top 20. However it was not to be with only two other singles barely scraping into the top 40. Posey signed with Monument Records in 1976 with just one single to chart and later in the year moved to Warner Bros. Records. Her first single for the label inauspiciously peaked at No. 93 but in 1978 and 1979 enjoyed three top 30 country hits before this brief comeback faded away with the new decade.
Posey occasionally recorded as a solo artist into the early 1980s but she reverted to occasional background session work and later briefly performed as a background vocalist for Skeeter Davis on an international tour. She made a number of country recordings with a religious theme after embracing Christianity in 1974.
In 1983, Posey had another charted single on the country charts, titled "Can't Get Used To Sleeping Without You". In 2004, Posey recorded an album for King Records in Nashville, Tennessee. She is now signed with Crossworlds Entertainment of Lebanon, Tennessee. During 2007, Posey released several songs through Crossworlds Entertainment which have been available for purchase online.
The Elvis connection
In 1968, Posey married Wade Cummins, who performed as an impersonator of Elvis Presley under the name of Elvis Wade. Posey appeared with Presley during an engagement in Las Vegas in 1969.
|1966||Born a Woman||129||MGM|
|1967||A Single Girl|
|Sandy Posey Featuring "I Take It Back"||182|
|The Best of Sandy Posey|
|1968||Looking at You|
|The Very Best of Sandy Posey|
|1972||Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love||28||Columbia|
|1982||Because of You||Audiograph|
|denotes releases that did not chart.|
|US||US Country||CAN||CAN Country||UK||AUS|
|1966||"Born a Woman"||12||7||24||2||Born a Woman|
|"Single Girl"[A]||12||11||15||5||A Single Girl|
|1967||"What a Woman In Love Won't Do"||31||48||21||The Very Best of Sandy Posey|
|"I Take It Back"||12||9||Sandy Posey Featuring "I Take It Back"|
|"Are You Never Coming Home"||59||The Best of Sandy Posey|
|1968||"Something I'll Remember"||102||Looking at You|
|1972||"Bring Him Safely Home to Me"||18||13||Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love|
|"Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love"||51|
|"Happy, Happy Birthday Baby"||36||non-album singles|
|1976||"Trying to Live Without You Kind of Days"||99|
|"It's Midnight (Do You Know Where Your Baby Is?)"||93|
|1978||"Born to Be with You"||21|
|"Love, Love, Love/Chapel of Love"||26||19|
|1979||"Love Is Sometimes Easy"||26||30|
|1982||"She's Got You"[B]||Because of You|
|1983||"Can't Get Used to Sleeping Without You"||88|
|denotes releases that did not chart.|
- A^ "Single Girl" was re-released in the UK in 1975 and peaked at No. 35.
- B^ "She's Got You" peaked at No. 22 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
- Some sources give 1947, but 1944 is more consistent with her having graduated from high school in 1962 and Posey herself has referred to her age as 21 at the time that "Born a Woman" was made in 1966: see sleeve notes for Sandy Posey, CD A Single Girl: The Very Best of the MGM Recordings (2002), which contains an extensive interview with Posey about her early career
- 2.0 2.1 Michael D'Arcy, June 2001
- Charlie Gillett & Simon Frith (1976) Rock File 4
- Poseys birth name has sometimes been cited mistakenly as Martha Sharpe, because Sharpe wrote some of her early recordings: see for example, Hugh Gregory (1993) Who's Who In Country Music.
- See sleeve notes for A Single Girl (2002)
- Sharpe made her own recordings of "Born a Woman" and "Single Girl" in 1973 for a Monument album (KZ 32234).
- Sleeve notes for A Single Girl CD (2002)
- 8.0 8.1 MGM home page
- 9.0 9.1 Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs, 2nd, London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd.
- See John Dowler, liner notes for "Born to be Hurt" Raven Records, 2004
- Radio London: Field's Fab New Year - 1st January 1967
- Guinness British Hit Singles (15th ed, 2002)
- sleeve notes for A Single Girl CD, 2002
- Elvis Wade Tickets - Elvis Wade Concert Show Tickets At Onlineseats
- Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955-2010, Record Research, Inc.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums, 19th, London: Guinness World Records Limited.
- [Sandy Posey at All Music Guide Allmusic]
- Sandy Posey: MGM home page (with extensive discography)